Toyota has introduced the Innova MPV, a spacious, yet affordable people-carrier, to its local product range.
Measuring 4,58 metres in length and 1,75 metres high, the Innova is offered in two variants; a more workmanlike 8-seater and a 7-seater with a greater emphasis on luxury features and fittings. The Innova can be ordered in a choice of 7 exterior colours with the 8-seater rolling on 15-inch steel rims and the 7-seater on alloys of the same size.
Both models feature a two-tone facia with silver-effect trim detailing and wood grain inserts on the door and lower facia panels, with the wood detailing extending to the steering wheel rim in the 7-seater model. The two-tone treatment is also echoed on the 8-seater’s cloth upholstery, while the 7-seater is offered with leather on both the seats and gearknob.
In terms of seating arrangement, the 7-seater model features a 2-2-3 layout comprising individual captain seats in the front and second rows, and a 3-seater bench at the rear. In this configuration, the second row seats feature slide and recline adjustments. The 8-seater features a 2-3-3 arrangement with a fold-flat/tumbling second row and a third row bench capable of being folded to the sides of the cabin.
Both Innova models are powered by a 2,7-litre petrol engine with intelligent variable-valve timing that develops 118 kW at 5 200 r/min and 241 N.m of torque at 3 800 r/min. Mated with a 5-speed manual gearbox, this unit returns a claimed 11,2 litres/100 km in a combined cycle and emits 265g of CO2 per kilometre. The Innova’s suspension comprises a double-wishbone independent set-up with stabiliser bars at the front and a four-link rear suspension. The ride height is 168 mm.
Standard features on both Innova models include electric windows, remote central locking with alarm and immobiliser, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, Sound system with touch-screen interface, USB and Bluetooth connectivity (this unit also features a reverse parking camera in the 7-seater model) and a dual-zone automatic air conditioning system with vents for all three rows of occupants. The safety features include driver and passenger airbags, ABS brake and seatbelts for all occupants
8-seat Innova R249 700
7-seat Innova R265 500
Both models come with a 5 year / 90 000 km service plan and a 3 year / 100 000 km warranty as standard. Service intervals are every 15 000 km.